Wildcats Stampede Buffaloes

MANHATTAN, Kan. The Kansas State Wildcats made quick work of the Colorado Buffaloes on Saturday night at Ahearn Field House with a sweep. K-State held off the Buffs 25-15, 25-16, 25-19 to get its first conference win of the season.


“With 25-point sets it’s incredibly difficult to beat teams in three games,” head coach Suzie Fritz said. “You don’t have as much time to go on a long run and build a big lead and put the game out of reach.”


The Wildcats hit .500 in the first set and .387 for the match while holding the Buffaloes to a .200 hitting clip. Middle blocker Megan Farr led the attack for K-State (11-2, 1-1 Big 12) with 11 kills and just one error to hit .588. Rita Liliom tallied 10 kills to continue her streak of having at least 10 kills in every match this season.


Fritz said statistically the match was a success, but she believes her team will have to play more consistently in order to come up with wins over the top teams in the conference.


“It you look at the match from a hitting percentage standpoint it probably was a good match,” Fritz said. “But it’s still frustrating that we’re not getting into more of a rhythm. We should be happy with how we played. We almost hit .400, but that’s performance is not good enough to beat some of the teams we’re going to need to beat.”


Amber Sutherland led Colorado with 10 kills and the next-highest kill total was seven from Emilee Sisco.


K-State’s defense kept the Buffaloes in the pen most of the night with 37 digs and six blocks. Kelsey Chipman had a solo stop and assisted on three other blocks to lead the team. The Wildcats continued their strong serve receive game not allowing an ace for the second time this season.


The Wildcats on the other hand notched six service aces of their own, including two from senior Jenny Jantsch. With her two aces Jantsch moves into 10th place all-time in career aces at K-State. She moves ahead of Donna Lee and Liz Wegner with 117 career service aces.


K-State will travel to Texas A&M on Wednesday for its first road conference match that will pit the Wildcats against a 5-6 Aggie team that fell to Iowa State in its Big 12 opener and faces Missouri on Sunday.